This story really shouldn’t be that surprising to any parent or nanny who’s ever battled with a fussy toddler at the dinner table: a 17-year-old British girl has grown up eating a daily diet consisting primarily of fried chicken nuggets and French fries, or as the Brits call them, “chips.”
According to The Daily Mail, young Stacey Irvine was recently hospitalized as a result of breathing problems and anemia related to her extremely unbalanced nutritional intake. The girl, who is now being treated with injections of vitamins, told the media that she has never eaten or even tasted a single vegetable in her entire life.
How that contrasts with my own upbringing of not being able to leave the dinner table before finishing my broccoli!
In a rather ridiculous subtext to the malnutrition story, the Daily Mail asserts that the teenager “struggles” to find space for the Happy Meal toys she has accumulated over the years.
Sensationalism aside, the chicken nugget story raises some basic questions about the role of parenting and nannying in general. This girl would not have had experienced these kind of nutritional deficiencies if she had been guided by responsible caretakers. Someone enabled this kind of behavior and allowed it to continue for years before it spun out of control.
Someone was being a horrible role model.
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